This is an important development for the Excellence Network, putting in place a strong clinical leadership team to take forward the Network's goal of ensuring high quality multi-disciplinary care for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Donald Grosset, Clinical Director of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network, says:
"I am delighted to introduce the clinical team leads for the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network. What is so important about this development for the Network is how is reflects the way we want to deliver the best clinical care - as a team that works together and includes the main clinical areas that have importance for people affected by Parkinson's.
"We have Richard Walker representing medicine for the elderly, while I contribute similarly on behalf of neurology.
"We have 3 nurse specialists: Patsy Cotton (who is award-winning with her Manchester team for their Parkinson's care delivery), Annette Hand (who has done groundbreaking research in people with advanced Parkinson's) and Alison Leake (who has been pioneering in linkage to surgical services for Parkinson's).
"And finally, we have Fiona Lindop, a specialised physiotherapist (who has developed standardised methods for assessing the benefits of therapy for Parkinson's) and who is very well connected to other therapist groups that are so important for Parkinson's including occupational therapy and speech and language therapy).
"As a team, we want to maintain and improve our connection to all the different additional groups that are so important in the delivery of Parkinson's care for people in the United Kingdom."
Meet the Team: Q&A
Each of the leads were asked 3 key questions as to how and when they got involved with Parkinson's and why they stepped up to take a leadership role in the Network.
Excellence Network: Clinical Leadership Team
Clinical lead: engagement and best practice
Clinical lead: medicine
Clinical lead: therapy
Clinical lead: nursing
Clinical lead: innovation and best practice